Members of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann take to the streets over cuts to Arts Council grant.

The Arts Council want to end the 14 year National Entertainment Scheme. The grant had been cut in the previous two years from £60,000 to zero and it will affect 500 people in the traditional music world.

250 Irish dancers, traditional musicians and singers from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann take to the streets for a musical protest at the Garden of Remembrance. They object to the cuts and want to highlight the unfair treatment of native culture by the Arts Council.

Labhrás O'Murchú, Director-General of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann believes that despite the cuts to the grant,

Music will continue but it means the 500 people are deprived of part time work and tourists won't have traditional entertainment throughout the country.

A banner bears a quote from Mise Eire by Padraig Pearse

Mór mo náir: Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair

An RTÉ News report by Kieron Wood broadcast on 26 July 1986.